D.N.I.S. News Network, India: National Association of the Deaf (N.A.D.) has expressed its extreme disappointment at the non - implementation of the promises made to the deaf community in the XIth Five Year Plan. In a letter to Dr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Vice Chairman, Planning Commission, A.S. Narayanan, Secretary, N.A.D. said that it was an indefensible betrayal and callous disregard of government’s own mandate.
“The 15 million deaf people in India have been neglected for the last 60 years. We were hopeful that the XIth Plan would provide us with our fundamental rights. However, it has been rendered a paper tiger, magnificent in conception but impotent in action,” said Narayanan.
“There is a need, an urgent need, to rectify the situation and step up efforts to implement what has been outlined in the Plan,” he added.
Narayanan urged Dr. Ahluwalia to take personal interest in the issue and ensure that the concerned ministries are instructed to put the provisions of the Plan with relation to the deaf community into practice and take affirmative action.
A separate chapter on disability was included in the XIth Plan after a tumultuous protest by the disability sector. It promised a Sign Language Research and Training Centre, National Captioning Centre, one residential special school up to 12th grade in every State and one Degree College for hearing impaired people in every zone, among other things.Click here to read full text of N.A.D.’s letter (WORD – 35.54 KB)